Decluttering … The Home and Mind

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ― Albert Einstein

 

Years ago my husband and I moved from a house to an apartment that was a little over 700 square feet. Before moving into the apartment we had to let go of so many things but in the end realized we really didn’t need so much stuff, we needed only each other and the few things that mattered. We came up with the “6 month rule” during this time, if we hadn’t used something in 6 months out it went.  This simple rule has been maintained now for over 18 years.

Over the last several months I have been working on decluttering our closets and each room of our house. Needless to say, we have made several trips to Goodwill.  During this stint of decluttering I have found it hard to let go of some things, especially my crafting items and I’ve had to ask myself if I really will ever use it. It’s been hard for me to part with things I know need to go, but I’m giving myself time to decide.

Hanging Out… taken in Greer, AZ August 2017

For me decluttering isn’t all about physical objects, it’s also about my life and my mind.  There’s often so much clutter in our minds that simply needs to go but it’s hard to get rid of it.  I am finding through small steps to remove the things that I personally find meaningless and time wasting, and remove myself from those things that do not give me nourishment or joy.  I recently discovered a podcast through Katie’s blog and Juliann’s blog that hits home,  Soul Minimalist’s Guide to Autumn. This episode is definitely worth the listen and really was meaningful to me.

A favorite spot - water is so soothing to listen to.

It’s time for my husband and I to take a road trip up to the mountains.  For both of us this is the place we find nourishing to our souls, minds and bodies. It’s peaceful and a way for us to clear out all the clutter.

Until next time, Tina


4 comments

  1. Declutter you say? I've been at it for years now! LOL! I find the older I get the less I need things I thought I could never part with. I love Agatha Christie too! I subscribed to Britbox which has lots of good English mysteries...loving Father Brown!

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    1. It’s been ongoing with me too! Love Father Brown and Britbox has so many great mystery series, so does Acorn.

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  2. I tried to do some quilting the other day but I have too much stuff and could not make any choices. I am planning to do some serious decluttering in my fabric and yarn stash this month and see if fewer choices help me refocus. I got the Shetland series from the library to keep me company while I sort and clean.

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    1. I did that a few months ago Juliann. I now have just a small stash of fabric and that makes me happy. Same with my yarn.

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